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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

creimer Re:And nothing to be said about "non-profit" schoo (219 comments)

That's the kicker. My roommate never got into the auto industry. He's still working in warehouses and still paying off his $25,000 school loans.

1 hour ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

creimer Re:Not a good week... (305 comments)

I noted you completely ignored my answer.

1 hour ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

creimer Re:Not a good week... (305 comments)

Each shuttle flight was a million parts riding Roman candle into space. I think one early study published prior to the Challenger disaster predicted a catastrophic shuttle lost as being one in 25. NASA had a good run with two disasters in 135 shuttle flights.

2 hours ago
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Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

creimer A more obvious candidate... (62 comments)

Everyone is looking at the WIMPs or SIMPs. But what about the BLIMP in the middle of the room?

2 hours ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

creimer Re:An obvious mistake... (241 comments)

Regardless, I genuiunely don't care enough to pursue this line of questioning.

Then stop hitting the reply button.

It would however serve you well to remember the things you learn here in the future, because you showed several quite dangerous misconceptions both in terms of your legal right and legal obligations, as well as lack of understanding of concept of fraud.

As a professional computer technician with 15+ years of experience, I know what my legal rights and responsibilities are. It's painfully obvious that you're not familiar with using Microsoft products in the real world.

You don't need to be "familiar with pirate bay" to know that most of the modern pirated versions of windows have long ago solved any microsoft DRM problems.

You falsely accuse me of committing crime and fraud, and insinuated that I'm familiar with the various techniques for pirating Windows. I buy my Microsoft products from Microsoft and Newegg. I don't need to know how to pirate Windows when I already bought Windows through legitimate channels.

3 hours ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

creimer Re:Not a good week... (305 comments)

But it sure as hell refutes the attacks on NASA that were saying "the private sector will do space flight cheaper and safer".

NASA made space flight looked so routine with the space shuttle program (i.e., boring) that people stopped paying attention. When space flight becomes dangerous (i.e., Challenger and Columbia disasters), people pay more attention. For a while. After the problems are fixed, and space flight becomes routine again, no cares about it.

4 hours ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

creimer Re:This is the latest in a long unfortunate evolut (219 comments)

I graduated the eighth grade with fifth grade writing/math skills and college-level reading comprehension because I was misdiagnosed as mentally retarded in kindergarten. I skipped high school and went to the community college, graduating with an A.A. degree in general education four years later. Until I established myself professionally in the I.T. field, I had trouble getting level-entry jobs because I didn't have a high school diploma despite having an A.A. degree.

4 hours ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

creimer Re:And nothing to be said about "non-profit" schoo (219 comments)

My ex-roommate took out $25,000 in loans to study automotive industrial design on the West Coast because... he likes cars. Never mind that the only kind of jobs he ever had were logistic positions for warehouses. Until Telsa set up shop in Silicon Valley, it's a fairly useless degree.

4 hours ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

creimer Re:Solution: Fail the students their senior year (219 comments)

When I graduated from community college with my A.S. degree in computer programming, I had to take my last three programming classes as indepedent study courses as the classes were cancelled. Health care became the new money major and no wanted to be in computers. I even made the president's list for maintaining a 4.0 GPA in my major.

4 hours ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

creimer Re:Robot factories (219 comments)

Around the bend: the master/doctoral degree is the new high school diploma.

4 hours ago
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Smart Meters and New IoT Devices Cause Serious Concern

creimer Re:Is it just me or- (127 comments)

Wait until you get a new sprinkler controller for your lawn that will let you change the settings via a smart phone app. You're gonna love "Internet of Things" while turning the water on/off from your rocking chair.

5 hours ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

creimer Re:Smart phones still acceptable. (303 comments)

I'm just speculating as to why a movie threater would design a building to be a cellphone dead zone. The building design doesn't prevent someone from playing Angry Birds during the middle of a movie.

5 hours ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

creimer Re:Smart phones still acceptable. (303 comments)

Concrete and steel. I suspect the tinted glass in doors and windows might have something special in them. If I stood on one side of the glass door, I got less than a bar on my cellphone. The bars popped to normal range when I stepped outside.

5 hours ago
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Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin Leaving Google

creimer Human-like robot technology?! (75 comments)

I'm sure sex bots will be popular category in the future. Is there really a need for human-like robot technology?

6 hours ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

creimer Re:Smart phones still acceptable. (303 comments)

Some of the newer theaters are blocking cellphone reception inside the building. If you want to use your cellphone for voice and/or data, you need to step outside of the building to pick up reception. I guess this prevents someone with a wireless camera from transmitting to a recording device in the parking lot.

7 hours ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

creimer Re:An obvious mistake... (241 comments)

To give you activations on the OEM key, you have to tell Microsoft that it's for the same machine. When you lie about it because it's actually a different machine, as you have state here very clearly, you are performing an act that criminal law recognises as fraud.

On the few occasions that I called Microsoft to activate Windows, I informed them that I have an OEM disc with a valid license key AND I have replaced the motherboard/CPU/memory for the SAME machine that I previously activated the OEM disc on. Microsoft gives me a new activation code. If you got a problem with that, take it up with Microsoft.

P.S. FYI: essentially all popular of copyright infringing windows versions offered on piratebay get updates normally.

I'm not familiar with piratebay, as I don't deal with illegal software.

7 hours ago
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Getting 'Showdown' To 90 FPS In UE4 On Oculus Rift

creimer Re:Whatever happened to Id Software? (29 comments)

With John Carmack on board, I just find it interesting that Oculus Rift is using UE4 from Epic Games and not the id Tech 6 from id Software.

7 hours ago
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Most Planets In the Universe Are Homeless

creimer Re:so how did they form? (189 comments)

I once decommissioned a Windows 98 that a user had for eight years. Popped open the cover and found a grapefruit-sized dust ball next to the fan. That, ladies and gentlemen, was the red giant of dust bunnies.

8 hours ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

creimer Re:An obvious mistake... (241 comments)

clarified that you defrauded microsoft into giving you new product keys.

I think this is where your misunderstanding is coming from. Microsoft never provided new product keys to me. They simply re-activated the license after I switched out the hardware. Check out the Genuine Windows, in particular: "Usually, you need to activate Windows only once, unless you make a significant hardware change."

If my Windows installation wasn't legit, I wouldn't be getting Microsoft updates. Hence, no fraud or crime was committed. Except maybe using Windows until I get a new Mac system.

8 hours ago
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Getting 'Showdown' To 90 FPS In UE4 On Oculus Rift

creimer Whatever happened to Id Software? (29 comments)

Quake can get 500+ FPS on a modern GPU, it should work fine with these new fangle-dangle headsets. Can I get the one with the beer cans on the sides?

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China Brushes Out Distinctive Hues of Names

creimer creimer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

creimer writes "The New York Times is reporting that some Chinese citizens will have to change their name for the new identity cards.

"The bureau's computers, however, are programmed to read only 32,252 of the roughly 55,000 Chinese characters, according to a 2006 government report. The result is that Miss Ma and at least some of the 60 million other Chinese with obscure characters in their names cannot get new cards — unless they change their names to something more common.""

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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Christopher D. Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting the death of John W. Backus, 82, creator of the FORTRAN programming language. From the article: 'Mr. Backus and his youthful team, then all in their 20s and 30s, devised a programming language that resembled a combination of English shorthand and algebra. Fortran, short for Formula Translator, was very similar to the algebraic formulas that scientists and engineers used in their daily work. With some training, they were no longer dependent on a programming priesthood to translate their science and engineering problems into a language a computer would understand.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that only one percent of web pages are sexually explict. From the article: 'A confidential analysis of Internet search queries and a random sample of Web pages taken from Google and Microsoft's giant Internet indices showed that only about 1 percent of all Web pages contain sexually explicit material. [...] The ACLU said the analysis, by Philip B. Stark, a professor of statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, did not appear to substantially help the Department of Justice in its effort to prove that criminal penalties are necessary to protect minors from exposure to sexually explicit information on the Internet.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  about 8 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting a federal investigation of the the Venezuelan owners of Smartmatic Corporation, a voting software company, and whether the anti-U.S. government is trying to influence the U.S. midterm elections. According to the article: 'Government officials familiar with the Smartmatic inquiry said they doubted that even if the Chávez government was some kind of secret partner in the company, it would try to influence elections in the United States. But some of them speculated that the purchase of Sequoia could help Smartmatic sell its products in Latin America and other developing countries, where safeguards against fraud are weaker.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  about 8 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "Call me an old fart but I been trying to find a brand new manual typewriter at a reasonable price so I can fulfill my Hemingway fantasy of writing on a typewriter and drinking a shot between pages. (The MacBook is nice but falls a bit short in the fantasy department.) There seem to be only one model from two different vendors (the MS 25 from Olivetti and Royal). Does anyone know if there are other manual typewriters available?"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The BBC is reporting that the American Bluegills fish is being used as an early warning system for dangerous substances in the local water supply. From the article: 'A small number of fish are kept in tanks which are constantly filled with water from the municipal supply. The computerised system registers changes in the fishes' vital signs and sends an alert when something is wrong. Since 11 September 2001, the US government has taken the threat of attacks on water supplies seriously.'"

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